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Call 2016: Operating grants

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How to apply

On 26 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted the third Health Programme. The next step in the procedure is the adoption of the Programme by the Council. After this, the 2014 work programme to implement the third Health Programme will be published. Once it is there, Chafea will launch calls for proposals for operating grants. Detailed information will be available then on the Chafea web-site.

For submitting a proposal for an operating grant the electronic submission system of the HORIZON 2020 Programme will be used. More information will be available when the call is launched.

If your organization is not in the electronic registration system for the FP 7 / HORIZON 2020 and other Programmes i.e. you do not have a 9-digit PIC-number (participant identification code), please register.

The call for proposals for operating grants is now closed. The deadline was 25 September 2014.

Presentations of the InfoDay on the implementation of the 3rd Health Programme in 2014

New in 2014: the electronic submission of proposals via the Electronic Exchange System of the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal. All necessary documents can be found there.

Calls for Proposals under the Health Programme

Call for applications 2014 - Third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020) PDF

What is an operating grant?

Under the third Health Programme (2014-2020), the European Union can offer support to finance some of the core operating costs for non-governmental bodies that promote a health agenda in line with the Programme.

The purpose of an operating grant is to provide financial support towards the functioning of a body in its core activities - over a period that is equivalent to its accounting year - in order to carry out a set of activities.

Who can apply?

The call for operating grants is open for applications by single bodies (not consortia).

Country eligibility

To become a beneficiary of an operating grant the organisation needs to be legally established in:

  • The European Union (any of the 28 Member States), or
  • An EFTA country, party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway).

Type of organisation

Eligible are non-governmental bodies or networks. They must be

  • non-governmental, non-profit-making and independent of industry, commercial and business or other conflicting interests;
  • working in the public health area, play an effective role in civil dialogue processes at Union level and pursue at least one of the specific objectives of the Programme;
  • active at Union level and in at least half of the Member States, and have a balanced geographical coverage of the Union.

Applications for an operating grant of over EUR 100 000 must be accompanied by an external audit report produced by an approved auditor.

How much co-funding?

Operating grants can cover 60 percent of the body's expenditure involved in carrying out eligible activities.

In cases of exceptional utility, for activities offering significant European added value, the EU contribution can be 80 percent. The criteria for exceptional utility are defined in the annual work programme.

The financial contribution by the EU will cover a period of one financial year, starting according to the relevant national legislation.

Exceptional utility

Operating grants co-funded under the third Health Programme may receive a co-funding of 80% of the total eligible cost for the action, if they are deemed to be of exceptional utility towards achieving the objectives of the Programme. To receive 80% of co-funding, operating grant proposals must comply with the criteria set out below:

  1. At least 25 % of the members or candidate members of the non-governmental bodies come from Member States whose gross national income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90 % of the Union average. This criterion intends to promote the participation of non-governmental bodies from Member States with a low GNI.

    Note: for the purpose of the calls for proposals for operating grants 2014, Member States “with a low GNI” are the following: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
  2. The reduction of health inequalities at EU, national or regional level is manifested in the mission as well as the annual work programme of the applicant. This criterion aims to ensure that co-funded non-governmental bodies directly contribute to one of the main objectives of the third Health Programme, i.e. to reduce health inequalities (Article 2).
General principles

The following general principles apply to funding for operating grants:

  • Co-financing rule: external co-financing from a source other than EU funds, either by the beneficiary's own resources or financial resources of third parties is needed;
  • Non-profit rule: the grant may not have the purpose or effect of producing a profit for you;
  • Non-retroactivity rule: you can get co-funding only for the costs incurred after the starting date stipulated in the grant agreement;
  • Non-cumulative rule: each action may give rise to the award of only.

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